This issue throws a spotlight on Fabriano, named after the Italian town in which its mills were founded in 1264, and whose papers have been loved and used by artists ever since. Fabriano has been part of Fedrigoni for two decades and continues to make the finest papers for creative expression.
Articles in Pulp 23 include ‘Artists on paper’, which lists some of the outstanding individuals, from Michelangelo to Bridget Riley, who have painted, drawn and written on Fabriano’s papers over time. ‘Fabriano today’, profiles the company’s innovation and growth, while ‘A life in paper’ by Paolo Ferrarini examines Pentagram’s elegant rebrand of Carlo Cattaneo’s original logotype.
In ’Rebirth of a paper mill’, Chiara Medioli Fedrigoni tells the story of the Pioraco mill, before and after the 2016 earthquake, while ‘The art of the swatch’ looks at Nicola D’Arcangelo’s extraordinary swatch books for Fabriano.
The striking cover shows a detail of Giulia Orecchia’s artwork for Fabriano’s Festival del Disegno 2022, coming later this year.
Pulp 23 was produced in three editions and in five languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish and German) by the award-winning, UK-based team behind Eye magazine: editor John L. Walters, art director Simon Esterson and art editor Holly Catford. This edition was printed at Veronalibri in Italy using Materica Terra Rossa, LifeEco100 White, Stucco Tintoretto Gesso, X-Per White, Freelife Kendo and Fabriano Rusticus Bianco for the cover. The postal packaging was made from Fabriano Murillo Rosso Fuoco.
There will be a launch event in London (28 July) with Esterson, Walters and guests plus a subtitled screening of Questi Poveri Stracci [These Wretched Rags], Ugo Fasano’s acclaimed Italian neorealist documentary short about papermaking at Fabriano.